Our community provides everything you need to enjoy your island lifestyle to the fullest, without ever having to leave the island.
If building friendships based on common interests is what you’re searching for, we have groups engaged in everything from arts and culture to wildlife and preservation. You will quickly get to know familiar faces and feel the warmth of our community when you reach out to any of our dedicated organizations.
Click on the categories below to explore what your friends and neighbors do each day to enhance our community and make island life more enjoyable. It will amaze you how easy and fun it is to get involved.
Independently owned General Store offering a wide range of grocery items, fresh made sandwiches & salads, fresh selection of baked goods as well as local juices. Also a convenient stop for all your tobacco, beer and wine needs.
The Cortez Historical Society has been around since 1985, with the Cultural Center opening February, 2016. The new Center houses historic photographs & information about Cortez,as well as the genealogy of families that lived & are still living here.
Established in 2008, we promote, support & act as advocate for art and culture on the Island. Our featured event is ArtsHOP which takes place the second weekend in November and celebrates the island arts & culture.
Dedicated to the promotion, education, protection and preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures including the environment upon which these communities depend.
Founded with a love for animals at the heart of our business, we serve the pets and families of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, & NW Bradenton. We are passionate about making sure that you can rest easy knowing that your pets are taken care of.
A partnership between The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. We help residents apply research-based solutions to everyday problems to improve their lives.
$4 a year membership open to all. Checkout time 3 weeks for current & popular fiction/non-fiction/audio books/movies/paperbacks/children’s/magazines/puzzles/ongoing book sale/internet access/copier/free Wi-Fi.
Community service organization – we provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
We work to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. We strive to make our community as healthy as it can be! Programs/Services Offered: Clinical & nutritional for women, infants & children. Infectious Disease, Environmental Health, Community Health & Wellness Programs, Tobacco Free Florida, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Community Health Planning & Statistics and Vital Statistics.